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“Best Theme Park Ever!”

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan Overnight Experience from Tokyo by Bullet Train
Ranked #3 of 884 things to do in Osaka
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This extremely popular theme park is equivalent to the Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando, and features shows, rides and restaurants based on famous movie themes, like Jaws, Back to the Future and Terminator.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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90 reviews
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“Best Theme Park Ever!”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

February might be the coldest time in Osaka, but at least no sweat for ques. We went there during the weekday and it was excellent with not many crowd. We stayed at the Universal Port Hotel, which is only a mere 5 minutes walking distance to UCO. Weekends will be flooded with people from locals to tourists... what a difference.

Most of the rides only took between 5-10 minutes of waiting, except for Back to the Future it was only about 15 minutes.

The staffs there were amazingly friendly and we spent from 10am to 6pm. I wanted to stay on for the parade, but it was rather too cold for my boys... sigh.

Food were not too bad except a little bit too pricy, but isn't all the theme park? So, bring some cash and credit card.

The toilets are well kept and clean... designated smoking area, shops with funny hats and souvenirs... really fun

Visited February 2012
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138 reviews
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“Nice time to go - no crowds”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

Having gone to both Universal in Hollywood and in Orlando, it was fun to see the differences and similarities at the Osaka Universal Studios. The biggest difference (besides the obvious speaking in Japanese) was that although it was a US holiday weekend, since we are in Japan, there were no crowds!!!! What a wonderful experience getting in line for even the most popluar rides - like the Hollywood Dream roller coaster and the Space Fantasy ride (think Space Mountain but in spinning Haunted Mansion-like buggies).

It was great to take my kids on Back to the Future since in Hollywood, it has been replaced by the Simpsons. No offense to Simpson fans but I prefer the Back to the Future story, even when I couldn't understand it since it was all dubbed in Japanese.

Side note - the Hard Rock at CityWalk is a must do - the same overall character but with the wonderful Japanese service experience.

From any of the 3 Osaka airports, travel was relatively simple by airport bus and by train. We took the train in and the bus out. Worked like a charm! Both are conveniently located right outside Universal Studios.

Visited February 2012
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118 reviews
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“Amazing technology at work”
Reviewed 17 February 2012

Phenomenal rides and fancy technology to dazzle you out of your mind!

Visited April 2011
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Piraeus, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“The best way to have fun!!!”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

It was just fantastic!I have been there for three times and I can't wait to come back again!I strongly recommend Spiderman the ride, Hollywood dream,Back to the future and Jurassic Park of course! Also, wonderful shops of souvenirs and a variety of restaurants.You just can't miss it!!

Visited June 2011
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Perth, Australia
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“Excellent Aquarium”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

One of the best we have visited so far. Great place to capture some great photos.

Visited March 2011
1 Thank Jim K
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